good friend is worth pursuing... but why would a good friend be running away?"
~ Ashleigh Brilliant
January 8, 2018
SASEBO ALUMNI ASSOCIATION 2018 Update
As we gather for our tenth Reunion, the Sasebo Experience continues. E. J. King High School and Fleet Activities Sasebo, continue to operate. By continuing to support this Association, students and personnel that are in Sasebo today will have a viable network that will enable them to NEVER lose contact with their friends from Sasebo as was unfortunately the case for many of us.
We need to continue growing as an Association. We need to find more of our missing classmates/friends and to bring this Association to the attention of those that have followed us into Sasebo. We haven’t found all of them yet, and the effort to do so must continue. Therefore, in an effort to take this task on and give it the attention it deserves, we’ve convinced (bribed) one of our most avid supporters Marilyn “ACE” Langschwager-Pisoni to be our official contact for Locating Missing Classmates. She needs your help. All of us have a stake/interest in finding our friends that are still among the “missing.” If you know the whereabouts of someone not in our Directory, pass that information onto “ACE” so she can reach out and add that classmate to our Directory. With the advent of Facebook, along with our web site, our ability to locate our missing classmates is greater than ever.
Speaking of our Directory and our Web site, we all owe a lot of thanks to Nancy Hadaway (wife of Carlos, E.J. King 1957-1958). Nancy constructed our Web site back in 2002, and has been our Webmaster since. For the past 16 years she has volunteered her efforts so we could offer “a beacon to the missing” while growing a Directory of all the classmates we have found. In the beginning, I was able to bribe (pay off) Nancy using her weakness for chocolate. But, after a few years of being able to pay her off with large boxes of Snickers obtained at Costco, she went “healthy” on me, so “Edible Arrangements” become the new method of payment. Alert! Alert! Just into our newsroom – Nancy has come to her senses and has once again embraced her addiction to chocolate. Without the efforts of Nancy, our Directory and our ability to hold reunions would not have happened.
During the past Reunions, using silent auctions, selling T-shirts, hats, Association Memberships, holding 50/50 raffles, etc., we’ve been able to accumulate the necessary funds to operate our website and to pay for future Reunion start up costs.
As a result, we have decided to “open” our website to everyone in our Directory and to suspend the need to require Association Memberships.
Effective January 8, 2018, complete access to our website and its Directory can be obtained by entering User Name: SASEBO, along with the Password: TEENCLUB.
Finding a lost friend: Priceless!!
“A Special Place, A Special Time, With Special Friends”
October 6, 2017 - I am sorry to report that Lana Case (Rose) lost her 10 month battle with cancer on October 4, 2017. I was in Sasebo, in 1959, when Lana Case and Gene Rose first fell in love. In 1960, Gene and his family returned to the States. After having been apart for nearly 42 years, Lana and Gene were reunited at the Sasebo Reunion in 2002. In 2004, Lana and Gene were married, thus completing the journey they’d begun some 45 years ago in Sasebo. From that point forward, Lana and Gene lived like it was 1959 all over again. I was with Gene and Lana in 1959; I was at their reunion in 2002; I was at their wedding in 2004; and I have shared many moments and memories with them since. Today my heart aches for Gene and misses Lana. Please remember Lana and Gene in your thoughts and prayers.
~ John Gordon
July 1, 2017 - Hi, this is Jack Curren. I just wanted to post a notice that my best friend in grade school, Mike Humphrey, passed away today. We were featured in the photo section that I posted back in 2004. He was 71. Lived in N. Las Vegas.
March 5, 2017 - One of our earliest Kahoks, Carlos Hadaway, aka the Arizona Kid, left us on February 14th, 2017.
Attendees at some of our earliest Reunions remember Carlos, dressed to the nines in his Arizona Kid outfit, and his joy re-living memories of his time in Sasebo as a teenager in the mid 1950’s. It was at these Reunions that Carlos contributed several of his art pieces to our “silent auction(s)” which will continue to be enjoyed by those fortunate to have secured them.
Carlos, along with his adoring wife and partner of nearly 30 years by his side, battled the cruelest of diseases for the past year. Nancy kept me aware of his condition throughout that time, always reminding me of his unfailing courage and his never ending humor which he spread to those caring for him.
I didn’t get to know Carlos in Sasebo as he returned to the states shortly after I arrived. However, finding him as part of our continuous search for friends and classmates, several of us spent time with him and Nancy. We learned of his art, his exploits as a “real cowboy”, and reminisced about each others lives in Sasebo and after.
By any measure, Carlos made the most out of his life. Overcoming difficult and nearly impossible situations Carlos managed to succeed in whatever he set his mind and heart out to do. Like a true cowboy, he played the hand he was dealt and never complained.
I, along with many of you, have gotten to know his wife Nancy. In 2001 she volunteered to design and maintain our Sasebo web site, and has continued to do so. The past year has been a very difficult time for Nancy, her Carlos, and for all of us that know them. For those of us who are, or have been fortunate enough to share our lives with a caring and loving mate, we know, and can appreciate, the journey that Nancy and Carlos have made together.
I don’t know how much longer I will be able to “bribe” Nancy with various forms of chocolate to maintain our web site and to assist us with our Reunions, but one thing I do know is that she has earned her Sasebo/Kahok citizenship many times over!
In times like this, I like to believe that there’s a huge Teen Club at the end of our ride here, where all of us, along with all the special people in our lives, will party forever!
~ John Gordon
All the costs required to put on the Reunion, to include the mailing of the Announcement and all the scheduled events, have to be covered by the Registration Fees collected. At the same time, these fees also have to be kept as low as possible so as to promote attendance and a successful gathering for all.
Now we could cover our rears and reduce our stress level by "padding" the registration fee and thereby provide a little wiggle room just in case our "estimated" attendance falls short. However, we'd be running the risk of making attendance more difficult for many of us, thereby defeating the whole purpose of this Reunion. So how do we address this dilemma? Find ways to supplement our Registration Fees . . . and that's where all of us can help.
2015 - To all my Sasebo Classmates and Friends:
They tell us that getting older and nearing or having already entered our
golden years, are the “rewarding” point in our lives, where work and career
are finally moved to the back burner of importance, and the time for rest and
relaxation begins. For all of us that have put in the years of taking
responsibility for so many things, this new part of our lives should be
golden, or at a minimum, greatly anticipated, but, the downside to getting
older is that everything and everyone around us is also getting older. News
concerning the passing of friends and family seems to come more
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the above Museum in Spike’s name is recommended. Any questions concerning the arrangements should be directed to his daughter, Andrea Masley (510) 962-0152.~ John Gordon
2015 - To all my Sasebo Friends:
As all of us approach, or have already crossed the line into that of a
Senior citizen, many of the inevitable and unavoidable happenings
begin to become a regular part of our lives. Such is the case with
more and more instances of changes that are happening to not only
each of us, but to our friends.
Thanks as always.~ John Gordon
August 30, 2014 - 2014 Reunion wrap-up
Hard to believe that it’s been over a week since we were all doing our best to behave as silly as possible, but here I am, waiting for the shirts that were ordered to make their way to me so that I can mail them off to the purchasers. Still trying to put all the “stuff” away that the Reunion requires, but once the shirts arrive and are mailed, I’ll be able to put the 2014 Reunion to bed until we begin preparation for 2016.
See you all in 2016!!~ John Gordon
August 20, 2014 - We lost a true tomodachi-san/friend. Thought everyone could use the enclosed information.
Mrs. Ginger R. Bond
Enid Cremation Service
For those of you have been "regulars" at our Reunions, I don't have to
remind you who Ginger is. For those of you who attended for the first time
in 2012, you, and all the rest of us, missed her, as she was unable to join us
for the first time since she found us way back in 2000.
Since our last Reunion in 2012, one of our Kahoks, Marilyn Langschwager, Pisoni,
Mar, Ace, and whatever she'll come up with next, has waged a long and difficult
battle with her health.
2014 - To all our friends and classmates......We (John and Rotor) interrupt
your life with the following breaking news. We have just come back from Las Vegas where we spent the last couple of days wrapping up stuff for our upcoming Reunion. As you all know, each Reunion we try to find something to add that will make the Reunion really "special" for everyone that attends. We know how difficult and expensive coming to our Reunion can be for all, and getting the biggest bang for our buck while also trying to make the event special, has always been our goal. Over the past Reunions we've developed Reunion merchandise (shirts, hats, etc.) that provided great
souvenirs for all of us and at the same time allowed us to earn some $ to help offset the ever rising costs of the Reunions. We've introduced "silent auctions" and
"50/50 drawings" all in an effort so that we could hold down our Registration fees for everyone. So far we've been successful.
They'll only be spending a couple of days out of their life and it will be time well spent. You just can't beat the arrangements. Sharing the time with you and your Sasebo friends will be something for all to remember. Now go and do what we need you to do!!!~ Your loyal subjects, John and Rotor
December 21, 2013 - Marilyn Langschwager (Pisoni) aka Ace has been having a rough time this year. Her health problems are centered around her heart. After having undergone a major operation just a few months ago, she is now back in the hospital. If you were in Sasebo in the early 60's or have been to any of our Reunions since 2002, you know Marilyn. No one looks forward to our gatherings more than her. Marilyn will be the first to tell you that our Sasebo Alumni Association and the Reunions that have resulted have provided her with a "new" and wonderful part of her life.
Each and every one of you that spent time in Sasebo know first hand how we all took care of each other. That's what made that time and the friends we shared there so meaningful. Any time spent in the hospital sucks, and with Christmas just a few days away, it really sucks.
One of our Kahoks is hurting and needs our support!! I'm asking each of you to grab your cell phones and spend a couple of your minutes to give Marilyn a call, and to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
She can be reached at (818) 843-5111 (Providence St. Joseph Medical Center-Burbank). She's registered under Marilyn Pisoni. Hospital address is 501 Buena Vista, Burbank, CA, 91505.
I know I can count on you.
May 29, 2013 - Our Ace Detective, Marilyn Langschwager (Pisoni) is in ICU at St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank, CA after emergency surgery. Hospital address is 501 Buena Vista, Burbank, CA, 91505. Phone number is (818) 843-5111. Please keep her in our prayers that she'll be able to return home soon. Keep fighting, Ace!
May 26, 2013 - Rotor has been in the hospital this past week and will be headed home hopefully tomorrow or the next day. Whatever is wrong with him I'm sure can be attributed to his behavior. Keep him in your thoughts as you do all Kahoks. His e-mail address is email@example.com, home phone (619) 722-7730. Give him a "hello" when he gets back home!!!
March 21, 2013 - Hi Gang,
I wanted to inform you all that Bob [Sabin] WAS in the hospital. He said he had a mild stroke on my
Facebook page this morning. So as I spoke to him...being charged out and rolled to the door to go
home...he expressed how how lucky he was and would call later tonight. I hope you all will send him your best wishes and your dreams.
There's nothing more important than for him to FEEL happy right now...so let's make him reeeeeeeeeal happy. I'll post this on the alumni site for those whom I don't have an email
address. There's nothin' better than a face to face, but a card or call is good
too! His contact information is here: Robert
6, 2013 - Bill Rivers, a classmate and friend in Sasebo left us this past June. We searched and eventually found Bill in 2010. We talked, and a couple of us actually got to spend some time with Bill whom we hadn’t seen or talked to for over 50 years! Bill had some health issues, not unlike a lot of us, and these issues limited the possibility of Bill joining us at our 2010 Reunion. Bill wanted so much to come, and so many of his friends and classmates were anxious to see him again. As our 2012 Reunion neared, our conversations with Bill offered some hope that he would be able to join us, but just a month or so before the Reunion, we lost contact with Bill. A couple of us had decided that we would do whatever it took to assist Bill in getting to the 2012 Reunion, even if it meant driving to his home in Avery, Ca. and bringing him to the Reunion.
Christmas cards sent to Bill were returned undelivered just a few days ago. A check on-line revealed that William “Bill” Rivers had passed on June 23rd, 2012 shortly after our last contact with him. Bill was one of us “teenagers”, a proud member of the “Kahoks” from 1959-61. Legend has it that Bill was one of the “stars” of the first Kahok basketball team to win the Far East Tournament in 1961. For those of you that have attended any of our Reunions since 2000, you’ve heard the Coach of that team (who has attended every Reunion) remind all of us about that special part of E. J. King history and the contribution made by Bill. Although we’ve just now learned of Bill’s passing in June, we can still pause and reflect upon our time spent with him. “Old Kahoks never die, they just change their address to that big Teen Club and wait for the rest of us to arrive.”
3, 2012 - Post script, 2012 Sasebo Reunion:
As with every Reunion, there is the bitter-sweet aspect of not being able to see or visit with all of our friends and classmates from our time in Sasebo. This Reunion saw several of our “regular” attendees unable to get past the sorry economics facing all of us, and for them it was a difficult decision to forgo the trip. But they will return
… that I’m sure of! Sadly, we also experienced the passing of several of our friends and classmates since our last Reunion. Some of them managed to make it to one or more of our previous Reunions, while some chose to let the opportunity slip by. Still others continue to trust that the opportunity will always be there. We will continue to encourage the “missing” to finally join us, or in some cases, to make a “return” visit, until all of our friends and classmates have the opportunity to experience the Reunion that they never thought would happen.
And on a personal
note, a “special” thank you to my wife Barbara, who turns all of our Reunion plans and schemes into reality. From the very beginning she has done whatever it takes to bring Sasebo back to life for all of us. I often wish that she had been with me in Sasebo so that I could have fallen in love with her that much sooner. But, given all the “cool” friends I had back then, she just might have fallen in love with one of them instead….YIKES!! But, if she had, who would have been with me in the future to make the Sasebo Reunion happen??? What a dilemma! I sure would have loved to dance with her at the Teen Club, but instead, she has made it possible for me to dance with all of you again.
9, 2012 - The Corman girls are headed for Reunion 2012 along with Pat & Pam
Stith. Also, last year Joe Rhoads found me and he & his wife visited
with me & my sisters last Mardi Gras season here in Louisiana. They
are going to be joining us this year also.
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